Posted on December 15, 2016
Updates on Roman have been specifically through Michael, his dad. Joy relays what the team of docs are telling her, then Michael broadcasts it to a group of friends and family. This allows her to be very present where she is at and stay reasonably calm and together. Good plan.
I have limited my communication with Joy to how SHE is feeling and coping, letting her guide the conversation. She has poured out her heart to me over the last two days, and I am broken for her.
Yesterday afternoon's update from Michael:
"Difficult update this morning from the doctor rounding. They had some trouble with Roman's kidneys overnight. The meds make the kidneys have to work a lot harder, so they're having to stop a couple of them to try and salvage kidney function while still trying to protect his brain. It's a delicate balance. Doctor said we're definitely not out of the woods yet. He has used the amount of the sedative (for sleeping) and mannitol (for his intracranial pressure) he's allowed to have for the time being, and he'll have to use what's in his system. They're still able to do some things for his pressure, just not as much. He also has an ileus, which basically means his intestines aren't moving things the way they need to. Keep your thoughts and prayers directed toward the hospital. I'll keep updates headed out as I get them."
And the update that came in today:
"Another tough morning. Roman had to have an emergency procedure to clear his lung. They have done this, but he had pneumonia this time. His pressures rose significantly overnight but have begun to come back down. They're trying to get him back to stable now, and are working very hard to do so."
Joy had this to say yesterday:
"Thank you so much for the financial help. Michael and been hiding our financial state from most everyone, but things have been bleak due to my medical issues. The fundraisers you are putting on are lifesavers in that now I can stay by my son's side. Now I know I can eat, too."
It broke my heart all over again to read that last sentence. That woman was going to sit there by her comatose son's side and not eat for lack of funds. Now she can, because so many of you have helped. I'm so thankful that you have.
Please keep sharing this link.